The Impact of Disasters on Culture, Livelihood, and Material Goods

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Room: Booth 48
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Disasters have an immediate and long-term impact on communities. They provide unanticipated opportunities for growth and adaptation, mitigation of threat to livelihood or cultural survival, or, at times, may result in community collapse. Disruption to life-ways also alters the relationship between people and the material objects used for economic exchange, religious and spiritual life, replication of cultural identity, artistic expression, and memory. This session seeks to explore processes of cultural change and continuity of communities in the face of disasters and what role material goods play in these processes.
Session Organizer:
Michele COMPANION, University of Colorado, USA
Livelihood Survival Strategies: The Commodification of Cultural Objects During Disasters (Oral Presentation)
Michele COMPANION, University of Colorado, USA

Etched In Stone: Preservation Of Cemeteries and Cultural Identity (Oral Presentation)
William LOVEKAMP, Eastern Illinois University, USA; Gary FOSTER, Eastern Illinois University, USA; Steve DINASO, Eastern Illinois University, USA; Vince GUTOWSKI, Eastern Illinois University, USA

The Impact of the East Japan Great Earthquake on Community in a Small Village (Oral Presentation)
Keiko YAMAGUCHI, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan; Shinsuke SAKUMICHI, Hirosaki University, Japan

The Reappearance of Public Matters: Housing Experiences during the Post Earthquake Period (Oral Presentation)
Alejandro CRISPIANI, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile; Tomas ERRAZURIZ, Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile

Logic behind Life Reconstruction in the Mt. Unzen-Fugen Eruption Disaster (Oral Presentation)
Kiyomi NAKAMURA, Waseda University, Japan